Thank you to all who attended our programs for #NationalLibraryWeek and took advantage of the numerous giveaways this week! The library is a free resource for all to take advantage of and enjoy. We are here for you!
Thank you to all of the library board members who make this possible and several volunteers who put in countless hours a week to bring you the programming we have to offer.
Story time, writing workshop, homeschool hook ups, the entire summer reading program, book and knitting clubs, computer classes…these are all made possible by volunteers who value the importance of a public library in our community. Thank you all for your commitment! #LibrariesLead
Shared by Linda L. Seidel:
#NLW2018 Five and a half years ago I started attending a variety of classes and activities at Oley Valley Community Library when I retired from teaching for almost 20 years in the Health Nursing Careers Program at Reading Muhlenberg CTC. From that very first visit, I fell in love with the library, the sense of community, and the willingness of librarian Noel Christman to help with any of my questions and assist me to find books and any research I needed. Before long, I went from being a participant in classes, groups, and activities, to helping to brainstorm ideas for future classes and then facilitate them.
Fellow retired nurse educator Denice DeAntonio and I love being part of the Writing Group she facilitates. We started as offering an option for a daytime group for adults, and on average the original 3 or 4 attendees have now grown to anywhere from 8 to 20 people participating. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and the group has voted to meet year round and have the option to use the space for up to two hours each session. . Local author Heather Christie visited our group and conducted a writing workshop in March. We’re looking forward to an afternoon with another local author, Amy Impellizzeri a member of the Bloom WithTall Poppy Writers. Our own group at OVL is very supportive and encouraging of each other’s work, and our focus is on content rather than the mechanics of writing.
In addition to our Writing Group, Denice and I also facilitate the Homeschool Group which meets one morning per month. We’re enjoying helping the parents to steer this group and to choose learning activities and topics that interest the children who attend. We’ve been learning about the various systems of the human body, and each child takes home additional lessons, resources, and documentation to add to their portfolios. This coming week we’re starting to discuss the nervous system and the senses.
Of course, Denice’s service dog, Finley, is an important member of every class, and the adults as well as the children have learned a great deal about how service dogs assist their people and how to interact appropriately when the dogs are working.
My husband and I have enjoyed Family Craft Nights at OVL, and I’ve learned projects that I’ve been able to teach my grandson, too. My husband benefited greatly from a class taught in partnership with Berks Encore to prevent falls and improve balance. They also presented a class on Dementia Awareness which was very well received and attended. Colleen McCaffrey has taught a number of informative and helpful make and take classes at OVL regarding the appropriate use of aromatherapy and essential oils in the home. Safety issues and many ideas to use healthier alternatives to harsh chemicals were presented.
What began as a trip to OVL to attend a business networking group with OVL Board President Jen Schorr, knitting, or book club, has now become so much more. I’ve enjoyed becoming a volunteer and Friend of the Library. Although both my friend Denice and I experience some physical challenges, we’ve been welcomed and there are many ways we can continue to use our education, skills, and experiences to assist others. Noel Christman, the Board of Directors, and Friends of the Oley Valley Community Library have created a treasure on the Main Street of Oley for all to enjoy!